Unlike punching, which penetrates metal all the way through, shearing trims excess material from sheet metal.
The process involves the use of tools, like a bench shear, to slice through metal with the utmost precision. To begin, a piece of sheet metal is placed in between two blades. Once secured using the tool’s squaring arm, the top blade slices through the metal pressing it into the lower blade. The result is a clean, precise cut.
Shearing is also advantageous because it doesn’t involve the use of heat, and doesn’t produce waste in the form of chips. Additionally, it’s incredibly fast making it ideal for high output projects and applications. Lastly, the shearing process can be performed with almost all types of metal including stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, and bronze
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